Sunday, 14 April 2019

Black Swan

With the chassis welded up & the new brace in place, I took the Fury on a bit of a test run to a "classic car meet" at the black swan in Ockham, I arrived just as it officially opened & there were no spaces left in the car park. As the Fury is pretty small I was directed to park between what appeared to be a Porsche & a Golf.

After a couple of minutes I was bumped into by "SteveRST" from the SKCC who had kindly thought to bring me a selection of single vee pulleys for my next mod project. So there are of course some photos:-

Here is the Fury parked next to what appeared to be a 911, but was I think a Covin from the amount of GRP, the camber on the rear wheels & what certainly seemed to be a supercharged flat four.

Next a '55 (I think) Thunderbird, now why can't one of the many Cobra replica makers do a '55 T-bird shell to fit on a Cobra chassis?

'40 ford pick up hot rod, a bit of a roof chop, immaculate & made all the right noises.

The '40 from the front.

 '32 Hi-boy - I expect he took the mudguards & front No. plate off after he arrived - like I took off the reflective front No plate once on private property

This MkII had Lotus badges but no green stripe - I expect there's a story behind that - Or maybe the owner just doesn't like green

Grey with red wheels - I bet it's a long time since this MG was "on-trend"

Always nice to see a type two or two

How often does a Morris Minor dwarf the car it's parked next to?

The Minor is rodded with an imitation Willys front, the GTM it's next to was very nice indeed

Possibly the most valuable car there - certainly one of the most valuable old cars this orange Mexico was really very nice indeed, the Westfield is SteveRST's "spare" kit car.

Next to the Escort  was a Pop rat rod & a '49 (I think) Merc - no, not Mercedes, Mercury, a lead sled in fact, named for the way all the panel joins were filled with lead to make it smoooooth & of course, roof-chopped

The same two cars from the front. There's an interesting story behind the lead sled style, I'll bore you with it one day.

A little more detail on the Pop pick-up, That's a Rover V8 & very short exhausts, it also sports what's known as a "suicide front end" where a transverse leaf spring is mounted to the very front-centre of the chassis (you can see the spring perches sticking through the grille slats at the bottom) & the axle is controlled by long tubes reaching back to the chassis. It looks good, but there's got to be a reason why it got that name.

What they've done with the back of the cab is very clever, there's hours of work gone into that.

Another rodded pick up, not at all sure what this one is, possibly an International?

I do know the yellow & white car is an Austin Nash Metropolitan
Another Pop in an entirely different style, very '70s & very nicely done, the three hole grille is a rarity from one of the Pop's immediate ancestors, & the rear suspension looks like a jag IRS (as shoved under everything in the '70s) but it again has a transverse leaf spring which would suggest it left the factory under the back of a Corvette

Now this was interesting, I assumed it was a custom bike until an identical one turned up. Very clever detailing on the fame & rear suspension .........
 ......... and the dotty thing under the seat was all the tail-light it had.

This made a man's heart glad. Firstly it's a replica Aston Martin DB2, secondly it has a rolled aluminium body, thirdly it took the old fruit who was driving it a good ten minutes to get out of it which made me think I could be driving the Fury for longer than I thought I'd manage.

A 1963 Porsche - unless he's just put a '63 plate on it like I did with the Fury

A Lancia that didn't rust a soon as you looked at it.

Not at all sure why this Rover was yellow with red wheels. But the chap in the passenger seat did have very big ears.

Steve's Westfield has a turbo, I know this because it's sticking out through the side. I believe it's called "Making a statement" :-)

Yes another rodded pick-up, this time a Chevy .......
 ......... with excellent tail lights

A Caterham, nice enough to be nice, but with just enough shabbiness to suggest it's used & used properly.

Very very nice - where can I get a set of those wheels?

A rose between two thorns?

Just before I left, a lady turned up in this, by the voice, the Labrador sitting in the passenger seat & her attitude to using the car I'd guess she probably was a Lady. She said Daddy had used it every day & kept detailed records of everything that had been done to it over it's 600,000 miles (well, that's what she said)

 A 289 Cobra, a replica I'd guess as it has a rear fog light. Very nice though.

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